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Ipse dixit

(from the NaPoWriMo prompt: write [an ekphrastic] poem from the point of view of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s famous (and famously bizarre) triptychThe Garden of Earthly Delights.)[Again, I am a little off task here because I'm pretty sure NaPoWriMo didn't intend for me to pick a "person/animal/thing" from the not-so-famous exterior of the famous painting. Remind me to tell you some time about the "research paper" I wrote when I was a sophomore in high school...]

He said—

what I want,

what you want,

what I will do to you

if you do what

you want.

The human triptych—

what I want

will never be what

I can have

or what I


Trichotomous self,

what he made us—

a mirror in

all things


what we want

and can have.

(This was not the kind of thing I like to write, necessarily, but since it is April... The above image is from the top left corner of the outside of the wings for the piece. It has a particularly interesting story itself and the image of a seated God holding a bible is a part of that. The image below is the entire exterior.)

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